Overview

The UoNBikeShare is a transportation system which provides a fleet of bicycles for use by anyone within the service area for an established time-based price. Typically, bikes must be picked up and returned to the docking stations. Bike share providers typically price rides to encourage short trips and function as a “last mile” solution for transit riders to reach their destinations which may be inconvenient or too far for walking or by local transit.

Between January 2017 and March 2017 we had approximately 3100 trips. This was done using 15 bicycles.

The goals and objectives reiterate the priority of getting more people on bicycles, focusing on a system that is accessible and affordable to most, and helps promote the university and its environs as a livable. The proposed bike share system began implementation at the University of Nairobi and plans to expand to the Nairobi City neighborhoods and beyond.

Right now we’re trying to replicate it in five other communities

Project

UON Bikeshare

Client

University of Nairobi and the UN Habitat

What We Did

Design research, concept development, prototyping, business development, worked on a pilot, handing over

What are the benefits?

This project places a heavy amount of emphasis on transforming urban mobility in Kenya and the region. Although other prevalent issues like air quality and economic decline affects the public, focusing efforts to mobilize residents is a more immediate solution in persuading people to change their preference of travel modes.

How does it change our environment?

Since improving air quality requires a collaborative effort, it is difficult to detect change right away. Thus, mobility is the selling point in this case. Bringing benefits down to the individual level in the form of shorter commute time and cost savings will urge more people to participate in the bike share program. Eventually, as bike ridership increases and mode shift becomes apparent, air quality and other relevant issues will be addressed.

Impact

The project has been institutionalized. Now there are two access point that work as storage. There are more than 35 bicycles.

Right now there’s a smartphone application with which people can rent the bicycles.

The project has been integrated in the university for pedagogic students as a learning laboratory.